BlackBerry "Torch" Slider Smartphone Launched, Priced at $199 on Contract

From DailyTech: Research in Motion is scheduled to have a press conference at 11:00am today to announce its new BlackBerry 9800 "Torch" smartphone, but launch partner AT&T has jumped the gun a bit. AT&T just launched its product page for the phone, so the cat is officially out of the bag.

UPDATE: HTC EVO 4G Android 2.2 OTA Update Now Available

From DailyTech: When it comes to Android-based smartphones, the HTC EVO 4G has pretty much been the cream of the crop (that is until the Motorola Droid X came on the scene to share the spotlight). The phone features a fast 1GHz processor, large 4.3” display, front- and rear-facing cameras, and of course 4G access courtesy of Sprint's WiMAX network.

Android more popular than BlackBerry, iPhone in the U.S

From InfoWorld: Android took the top U.S. spot among smartphones shipped in the second quarter, according to new research from Canalys.

Android devices made up a 34 percent share of phones shipped in the U.S. market in the quarter, followed by Research In Motion at 32.1 percent and Apple with 21.7 percent, Canalys found.

HP takes charge to settle DOJ kickbacks case

From InfoWorld: Hewlett-Packard has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that HP paid kickbacks to systems integrators in order to help it secure government contracts, HP said on Monday.

As a result of the settlement, HP expects to take a one-time charge of about $0.02 per share against its earnings for the third quarter, the company said.

Viacom sells Xfire game service to Titan Gaming

From CNET News.com: Viacom-owned game chat and discovery service service Xfire has been sold to Titan Gaming.

iPad pushes Apple into top mobile ranks

From CNET News.com: The unstoppable sales juggernaut that is the iPad has pushed Apple past Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba into the No. 3 slot for laptop shipments, according to a Deutsche Bank analyst.

Intel Atom Slates Get Lackluster Welcome from PC Makers

From X-bit Labs: Even though Intel Corp. has invested a lot of money into development of chips and system-on-chip (SoC) devices for ultra-portable personal computers or consumer electronics, manufacturers of actual products still prefer ARM architecture-based microprocessors due to lower price and power consumption. Still, Intel Atom and Windows-based slates will emerge, a media report claims.

Microsoft to Release Emergency Windows 7 Patch, Windows 7 Passes Vista

From DailyTech: Windows 7 is arguably one of Microsoft's greatest achievements to date. However, the company's OS is far from impervious, despite its free antivirus/malware protection suite, beefed up memory protections, and numerous security tweaks.

Today Microsoft will release an "out of band" emergency patch to try to lock out a highly dangerous new family of malware that's attacking Windows 7 via a vulnerability in .LNK files.

Microsoft COO: Windows Phone 7 Hits Europe in October, U.S. in November

From DailyTech: The pressure is on for Windows Phone 7. The Kin project was a resounding failure, selling under 10,000 units according to numerous reports and sources. And Windows Mobile 6.5 is rapidly losing favor with customers -- it's been bleeding market share at a steady rate for the last year.

One key question is what the final products will be like. Very early reviews have given us a bit of insight into that. The other key question is "When will the phones land?"

Number Of Windows 7 Users Surpasses Vista

From CRN: In July the number of Windows 7 operating system users surpassed Vista users, according to calculations by a leading market research firm. But Windows 7 has a long way to go to overtake the aging Windows XP, which still has more than double the market share of Windows 7 and Vista combined despite being almost nine years old.

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